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Bears' coaching staff ranked No. 20 in NFL

Bears' coaching staff ranked No. 20 in NFL

There's a lot of intrigue and excitement around new Bears coach Matt Nagy. Mitch Trubisky aptly described it throughout the offseason, saying Nagy is bringing a gunslinger's mentality to the job and is giving fans something to get fired up about.

That said, he's still a rookie coach. And with first-time coaches comes a lot of unknowns. As a result, Nagy and his assistants were ranked 20th in a recent power ranking of NFL coaching staffs.

The 40-year-old Nagy appears to have a big future ahead of him after doing big things with Alex Smith and the Chiefs in his only season as that team's offensive coordinator. A lot of folks are excited to see what he does with Mitchell Trubisky and the rejuvenated Bears offense, but you can't call him a great head coach until he's coached some games. 

The good news for Nagy is that he'll only have to worry about the offense this season with the return of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Assuming the defense stays healthy, it should be a productive group that keeps the Bears in games. That allows Nagy to focus on putting Chicago in the best position to score points, something that's assumed will occur with his offensive acumen and the addition of Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator.

If the Bears can flip their fortunes around and finish around .500 or better, Nagy and his staff could ascend into the top 10 of power rankings like these at this time next year.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: The Bears won big on SNF, but just how far will they go this season?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: The Bears won big on SNF, but just how far will they go this season?

David Haugh, Patrick Finley and Kevin Fishbain join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to dissect the Bears huge win over the Vikings. They discuss the defense’s dominating performance against Minnesota, grading Mitch Trubisky’s night and predict how far Matt Nagy’s team can go this season.

15:00- The guys react to the news of Denzel Valentine needing season-ending ankle reconstruction and discuss if it’s even worth it to let go of Fred Hoiberg during this season.

18:30- Patrick Kane turns 30 today. Can he play into his 40s?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

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Bears list Mitch Trubisky on injury report with right shoulder issue

Bears list Mitch Trubisky on injury report with right shoulder issue

Well this is interesting. 

Earlier today, the Bears released their injury report: 

It's the first time this season that Trubisky has appeared on the report. The Bears didn't practice today, but even if they had, Trubisky would have been held out. 

It's obviously concerning news, as the Bears have an 80-hour turnaround between divisional games. 

Who knows if this is just gamesmanship on a short week, but your franchise QB injuring his throwing shoulder is never a good thing. 

Linebacker Aaron Lynch (concussion) and tight end Adam Shaheen (concussion) also showed up on the report.